Chattanooga man dies after Monday morning shooting in Grove Street apartment building

Chattanooga man dies after Monday morning shooting in Grove Street apartment building

April 22nd, 2019 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Staff photo by Erin O. Smith / Chattanooga police officers work the scene of a shooting at an apartment complex on Grove Street Monday, April 22, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. One male was shot and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

Photo by Erin O. Smith /Times Free Press.

Updated at 9:37 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019, with more information.

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A 29-year-old man has died after being shot in a Grove Street apartment building near Westside Park Monday morning.

Chattanooga police were called at 11:31 a.m. after several people reported a person shot to the 911 center. The victim, identified by authorities as Antwon Lee, was taken to a local hospital for treatment where he later died, police said.

The suspect fled the scene.

By midday, a Chattanooga Police Department crime scene unit vehicle arrived at the scene, and several people gathered on sidewalks to watch as investigators worked.

Yellow crime scene tape cordoned off the entire cul-de-sac as police worked to collect evidence.

Shortly after noon, two women and a man sped up to the scene to ask about the victim's condition.

One woman, who was visibly distraught, began crying and wailing.

"I told y'all," she screamed, though it wasn't clear to what she was referring or to whom she was talking.

Police told her and the other woman that the man was still alive at that time.

"Let's go to the hospital," they said before getting back into their cars and rushing that way.

Chattanooga police are investigating an incident in the 1100 block of Grove Street.

Chattanooga police are investigating an incident in the...

Photo by Rosana Hughes /Times Free Press.

Bystanders were reluctant to talk about the incident and declined to identify themselves out of concern for their safety, but some said the victim wasn't from the neighborhood.

A neighbor said she was grabbing her mail when she heard "a whole lot of shots" — up to about seven, she said.

A woman who happened to be there for an unrelated matter said she didn't know what happened but said a prayer for the injured man and said she hopes he survives.

"Lord, may your will be done," she prayed.

Two elderly women stood on their apartment steps as they watched the investigation unfold.

One of them said that level of violence isn't typical for her neighborhood, and if it happens, it's usually caused by outsiders.

The last time a person was shot on Grove Street was Feb. 12 when a 26-year-old man was injured, according to police data. Before then, the street hadn't seen a shooting since May 2018.

But for the most part, the woman said, she feels pretty secure, and she's lived in the neighborhood for about 20 years.

On Facebook, Lee's friends and loved ones began sharing the news of his death.

 "Long live [Lee]," read one man's post.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. Callers can remain anonymous.  

Contact staff writer Rosana Hughes at rhughes@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6327 with tips or story ideas. Follow her on Twitter @Hughes Rosana.


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